Andrew Luck's competitiveness earns Steelers' respect

INDIANAPOLIS -- The respect for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck goes far beyond the team's facility. Other players around the NFL have just as much respect for him.

That was even more evident during and after the Colts' 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh. The Steelers gave Luck one of his worst poundings of the season. But the quarterback continued to get up, encourage his teammates and fling the ball down the field. Luck shook off the 11 times he was under duress from the Steelers to go 26-of-45 for 400 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Colts trailed by as many as 22 points, but Luck, as he's done so many times in his career, brought them back and got to as close as eight points before he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

"I can't say enough about Luck," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "He's just good. He's really good and one of those guys you love competing against because you know no matter how bad the chips are stacked against him he is not going to quit. He'd led his team back and willed his team to win so many times that that's what we kept preaching on the sidelines, 'Don't relax. I don't care what the lead is, this kid is that good.' I told him that after the game. I have a lot of respect for him and he is one of the great young players in the NFL."

Steelers linebacker James Harrison is known for being fiery on the field, but he had no problem helping Luck up off the ground after he was knocked down.

"He's a cool guy, he's a nice guy," Harrison said. "Helping him up that's not a big thing. Everybody thinks that's a big thing to help somebody up. That's just sportsmanship."